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Stéphane Denève conducts Debussy        (5 of 11 found this review helpful)
  June 24, 2012

I thought I'd add a mini-review for the SACD-stereo layer and rbcd-cd layer. I'm pleased with the recording quality even if the concert hall is cavernous. The ratings are on a basis of comparison to some of the leading available recordings on rbcd, many of which I own. Although, I am not stating ... more
Prieres sans Paroles - Hardenberger/Preston          (1 of 6 found this review helpful)
  September 12, 2011

I've been a fan of Hakan Hardenberger's recordings for several years and was excited to see he had a SACD release "Prieres sans Paroles". I should mention that I also enjoy 20th century trumpet works by composers such as Jolivet, Tomasi, Chaynes, Antheil, Hindemith, and Desenclos. Sad that no one ... more
Haydn, Joseph & Michael: Trumpet Concertos - Bauer, Gazarian        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  December 31, 2009

I've collected several rbcd's of the Joseph and Michael Haydn trumpet concertos including versions by M.Andre, W.Marsalis, H.Hardenberger, G.Schwarz, and A.Ghitalla. While it's a treat to now have these works on SACD, the performances by Wolfgang Bauer compare very favorably to famous versions ... more
Romantic Music for Brass - Center City Brass Quintet        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 17, 2008

This is the first major American brass quintet to publish in the SACD format as far as I can tell. Unfortunately, it came out in 2004, and others have not followed. So this disc is a rare opportunity for SACD collectors who are fans of the Brass Quintet. Like all Center City Brass Quintet ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas          (7 of 10 found this review helpful)
  July 13, 2008

This is a very good Mahler 7 from SFO, but like many major recordings of the work I've heard, the orchestra seems to lose focus at times and just play through this cryptic work. MTT's earlier interpretation on rbcd with the London Symphony Orchestra is still far superior to this rendition and all ... more

 
 
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Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Fischer
February 13, 2013
I'm sorry I took so long to get this disc. While the DG Bernstein/NY Phil recording on rbcd will stay in my collection, this Fischer/Budapest disc is a nice change of pace in the following respects: * No spotlighting of instruments, i.e. more like what you'd hear at a concert; * I recognize multiple approaches to Mahler, and this is great playing ... more
Discussion: Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty - Järvi
January 12, 2013
The musicians are great, sound is very transparent, and the positioning of the microphones seems right. I think this is one of the best Chandos SACD's along with [t=5681] [t=6959] [t=1135] Dear Chandos: Great job! Please follow through with the Swan Lake on SACD next. We already have a great complete Nutcracker Ballet from Dorati/London. ... more
Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Haitink
January 5, 2013
I finally picked up a copy of this SACD and am not disappointed. Bullet points: * Yes, the slow march tempo can be annoying in a few places in the first movement. There seem to be places where the "Sixteen Tons" approach makes the symphony tragic as I think it's supposed to be. * The Chicago Symphony is so energized and laser precise from start to ... more
Discussion: This England - Kalmar
December 4, 2012
I think the Hurwitz score of 8/8 is a fair grade for this OSO recording. However, since jumping on the SACD bandwagon 5+ years ago, I have found Mr. Hurwitz's reviews to be wildly inconsistent. Some of his 10/10's result from gross exaggeration... the Nielsen with PY Phil being the most recent example. I will also point to his glowing 10/10 review ... more
SACD Kills Music? (Troll Thread of the Week)
November 24, 2012
Being so afraid of making mistakes that the performer gets paralyzed (is how I would put it). We don't know how many takes were involved with producing a cd. ... more